Phillies Prospects – The Good, The Bad, The Hurt and The Promoted

Adam Haseley. Lakeland Flying Tigers v Clearwater Threshers. Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Lakeland, FL. May 8, 2018. Photo by Tom Hagerty, (lakelandlocal) on Flickr.

We’re about ⅓ of the way through the MiLB season and now is as good time as any to see how some of the Phillies’ prospects are doing. We’ll look at the players who have been doing well and some who haven’t. We’ll also look at those who are on the IL and the players who received a promotion to the major leagues at some point this season. All stats are through games completed on June 3rd.

The Good

Alec Bohm
Ranking on Top 50 List – 2nd
Not much more can be said about Bohm. He was promoted to Clearwater and keeps producing. He reminds me a lot of Kris Bryant (the good years Kris Bryant). Expect to see him in Double-A Reading soon.

Adam Haseley
Ranking on Top 50 List – 4th
Haseley struggled to start the season but has turned it on the last few weeks. He was just promoted to Triple-A on May 28th and promoted to the major leagues on June 4th after Andrew McCutchen’s MRI came back with a torn ACL. Haseley may struggle initially but has the ability to help the team as it looks to make the postseason this year.  He has been making adjustments to his swing but is talented enough to produce this year. Don’t expect a superstar but he will be a solid addition to any fantasy outfield depending on the size of your league. He gets on base and has a nice blend of speed and some pop to him.

Deivy Grullon
Ranking on Top 50 List – 22nd
Grullon is having another good season not only power-wise but he also added average and a better ability to get on base. He is making a case to be called up soon or to be trade-bait for the organization at the deadline.

Ramon Rosso
Ranking on Top 50 List – 27th
Low WHIP, low ERA, averaging about a strikeout an inning.

Bailey Falter
Ranking on Top 50 List – 19th
Same description for Falter as you just read for Rosso.

Mauricio Llovera
Ranking on Top 50 List – 41st
The high WHIP is from his walks but the strikeouts are there. If he can harness his control a little more he could help as a starter. If not, he could be a solid reliever.

Jose Gomez
Ranking on Top 50 List – 32nd
Struggling a bit in his first taste of Double-A ball but did very well at Lakewood slashing .348/.412/.435 in 46 at-bats.

Simon Muzziotti
Ranking on Top 50 List – 44th
The speedy outfielder is slashing .311/.356/.429 with 8 steals in 40 games and is developing into a solid leadoff hitter.

Matt Vierling
Ranking on Top 50 List – 12th
Vierling is producing very well for Clearwater slashing .278/.335/.417 with 4 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 50 games. He’s struggled the last week or so but was doing very well prior to this. The future is bright for him!

Madison Stokes
Ranking on Top 50 List – Unranked
Stokes, a 2018 10th round draft pick, is having a great season for Clearwater showing a good eye at the plate with some pop and defensive versatility playing both 1B and 3B at times.

Rafael Marchan
Ranking on Top 50 List – 30th
Getting on base, making contact but no power at all.

Luke Leftwich
Ranking on Top 50 List – 47th
35 strikeouts in 24 innings across two levels. Didn’t give up a run in 16.2 innings at Reading before his promotion to Lehigh Valley.

The Bad

JoJo Romero
Ranking on Top 50 List – 10th
Romero struggled so much at Triple A, he was demoted to Reading to figure some things out.

Mickey Moniak
Ranking on Top 50 List – 26th
A rough April gave way to a much better May but Moniak still has a ways to go. Even if he fully develops, I don’t see more than a .250/.325/.400 line with 10/10 potential.

Cornelius Randolph
Ranking on Top 50 List – 40th
Getting on base was supposed to be his strong suit but his OBP has been under .300 all year.

Ranger Suarez
Ranking on Top 50 List – 5th
Struggling in his first taste of Triple A on the surface. Taking a deeper look, his strikeouts are up and walks are down but the home runs seem to be doing him in so far. He’s talented enough to turn it around.

Arquimedes Gamboa
Ranking on Top 50 List – 16th
Glove-first middle infielder with no power.

Adonis Medina
Ranking on Top 50 List – 3rd
Medina isn’t doing as bad as his overall stats show but he’s been having pitching deep into games. He recently gave up 12 runs in 13 innings across 3 starts to begin May. His command and lack of consistency are starting to concern me. This could be a sell-high opportunity here for owners who have Medina on their farm.

Jhailyn Ortiz
Ranking on Top 50 List – 6th
Ortiz is slowly getting back into the groove this year after a rough start and minor injury. He’s heated up in May so I’m not too concerned here.

Kevin Gowdy
Ranking on Top 50 List – 18th
Gowdy’s first year back after Tommy John Surgery isn’t going well. His velocity is almost back to where it previously was, which is good. 26 walks in 26.1 innings is why he is here, as his command needs work.

Luis Garcia
Ranking on Top 50 List – 9th
He’s still flashing the leather but Garcia hasn’t showed much at the plate just yet. However, he’s among the youngest players in the League and coming off an impressive 2018 so we’re going to give him a lot more time.

The Hurt

Dylan Cozens
Ranking on Top 50 List – 33rd
Possibly out for the year after surgery on his foot. Before the injury, Cozens had 6 home runs in 78 at-bats, which is good. He also struck out 42 times in those 78 at-bats. Cozens would have been on the good list (home runs/power) and bad list (strikeouts, approach at the plate) if not for the injury.

Spencer Howard
Ranking on Top 50 List – 11th
Shoulder woes landed him on the IL. Howard looked very solid in 4 games before the injury with a 2.25 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and 30 strikeouts in only 20 innings pitched. The shoulder soreness isn’t considered to be serious but the organization isn’t taking any chances and won’t rush him back. Howard would have been on the “good” list if not in this section.

Kyle Young
Ranking on Top 50 List – 14th
Young underwent Tommy John Surgery and is out for the year. Young was having a great year before succumbing to TJS. He walked only 1 batter in 21 innings and had 25 strikeouts. He was ready to climb up the prospect rankings this year but that will have to wait another year. Young would have been on the “good” list if not for the injury.

Jan Hernandez
Ranking on Top 50 List – 33rd
Surgery on his right hand. Hernandez was having a solid year with 5 home runs in 68 at-bats until the injury. He projects as a 4th outfielder if he makes it to the majors. Hernandez would have been on the “good” list if not for the injury.

Jose Pujols
Ranking on Top 50 List – 15th
Pujols is out for the year after undergoing surgery on his Achilles’ Tendon. He was looking to continue his bounce back after a rough 2017 season but those plans are on hold until 2020.

Ben Brown
Ranking on Top 50 List – Unranked
Brown, a 33rd Round Pick in the 2017 draft was having a nice year for Lakewood before recently going down. He will need Tommy John Surgery and should be back late next year.

The Promoted

Cole Irvin
Ranking on Top 50 List – 13th
It wasn’t a surprise to see Irvin called up to the majors for 3 starts. He threw quality starts the first two outings before struggling against a hot Cubs teams. He was sent back down to Triple A but will be back up before the end of the year.

Enyel De Los Santos
Ranking on Top 50 List – 8th
Having a great year for Lehigh Valley, De Los Santos was summoned to the majors to help the bullpen appearing in 4 games for 7 total innings. Struck out 7 and gave up 6 hits but 3 of those went for home runs. He’s back in Triple-A starting again and should be next in line, along with Irvin, when the team needs a starter again.

Drew Anderson
Ranking on Top 50 List – 28th
Anderson has been up and down between Lehigh Valley and the majors many times the last three years appearing in 9 games throwing to a 7.71 ERA and 1.81 WHIP.

Mitch Walding
Ranking on Top 50 List – Unranked
Role-player/utility man type if he sticks in the majors.

Edgar Garcia
Ranking on Top 50 List – Unranked
Garcia was called up to strengthen the bullpen and is doing very well, giving up runs in only 4 of his 13 appearances and striking out 14 hitters in 13.2 innings pitched.

Austin Davis
Ranking on Top 50 List – Unranked
Long-man type of pitcher. Davis is setting himself up to replace Anderson as the go-to long-man when the team needs one.

J.D. Hammer
Ranking on Top 50 List – 24th
Hammer was called up to shore up the bullpen after Pat Neshek was hurt. He’s doing very well and could stick around for the rest of the year.

Tony Bps Spina is a lifelong baseball fan hailing from the City of Brotherly Love - Philadelphia! Tony has loved baseball since 1980 and has followed the Phillies through good and bad times. Tony is married with 3 kids and works for a financial institution but has enough free time to play in 20 fantasy baseball leagues with 75% of them being Dynasty Leagues. He lives a few blocks away from Citizens Bank Park and attends many Phillies games per year in addition to their minor league teams in Lehigh Valley and Reading. He can be reached on Twitter at @TonyBps1.


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